The featured question from today’s video is: Will I ever get to a point where I can refer to myself as a recording/mixing engineer without a degree? How do I know when I’m skilled enough for that?
This is a great question, and a very important one!
When you look at some of the best producers, engineers, and mixers in the industry, you may think that they all have some sort of formal education or something extra that got them where they are, but that it not necessarily true. Many of them did not go to school and get a degree in music, they simply started making music and kept working wherever they were at in order to learn more and get better at what they wanted to do.
I am one of those people as well! I do not have any sort of formal education in music production, I simply started making music with the instruments and equipment that I had access to at the time, and over time I developed my skills and was able to get some better equipment and just kept progressing like that. Whether you are currently learning online, are shadowing someone in a studio, or wherever else you may be learning and developing your skills, just keep at it! You don’t have to go to school, you simply have to be passionate about what you are doing and be constantly willing to learn from anyone.
In the end, no one buys a record or streams a song because of the education the producer/mixer/engineer has, they buy it because it is a good song! So don’t feel like you are less than someone else or you are not as good as someone else because you have different education or have learned your trade in a different way. What matters most is your creativity! The most important skills you can have are your creativity and your ability to support the artists you are working with and produce the best song possible.
Watch the full video below to see the full answer to this question as well as some more FAQ Friday questions!